People started recognising Javed Ali after the song ‘Ek din teri rahon mein…’ from Naqaab (2007). In a short period of time the talented singer with a mellifluous voice has given chart toppers for films like Jodhaa Akbar, Ghajini, Delhi-6, Raanjhanaa, Jab We Met etc. SUNEEL V. GAUR and RAJESH V. GAUR met him for an interview. Excerpts:
You have sung for A.R. Rehman in Raanjhanaa, Your views on his music?
Rahman Sir’s music just grows. The melodies created by him are amazing. He’s a genius. ‘Tum Tak’ from Raanjhanaa is not like any other love song, it showcases teenage love—full of fun, mischief, desperation and romance—and has the potential to make the audience fall in love again.
Are you satisfied with your achievements?
Whenever I sing a song, I just want it to reach out to the audience. I just want people to love my songs. There is still so much left to achieve and explore.
Who has been your inspiration or guru?
Being a big fan of Ghulam Ali during my growing up years, main unko apna guru manta hoon. I never really sat down and learnt music from him, but I learn only by listening to his songs and interacting with him. As a mark of respect to Ghulam Ali saab I changed my name from Javed Hussain to Javed Ali.
Your favourite songs so far?
My personal favourites are Tayyab Ali… from Once upon a Time In Mumbai Dobara, the qawali ‘Mera Murshid…’ D-Day and ‘Tum Tak…’ from Ranjhaana.
What are your ambitions at this stage?
I want to be a very good human being and a proficient singer. I want to experiment with my singing and want songs that challenge me as a singer.
What are the qualities necessary to be a good singer?
Firstly, the quality of a playback singer’s voice should be awe-inspiring. Secondly, the voice should be expressive enough to convey the feelings and emotions of the lyrics and thirdly, the singer should be on the same wavelength as the music director and be able to grasp what the music director wants from him/her.
Has it been a smooth ride for you so far?
Arre, struggle kabhi khatam hi nahin hota. Playback singing is a competitive field and I feel fortunate to have been able to carve a niche for myself. In this industry, your work speaks like nothing else. Also, the luck factor is very important. I’ve worked hard and can see Lady Luck smiling at me